Saturday, May 14, 2011

Did You Know that there was a Negro League baseball team called the Black Crackers 

During the 1920s the Black Crackers played their home games at Ponce de Leon Park, the home park of their Southern League counterparts, the Atlanta Crackers. Most of the team's seasons after 1920 were spent in the Negro Southern League, but the 1938 season found the Black Crackers representing the "Phoenix of the South" in the Negro American League. After winning the NAL's second half in 1938 the Black Crackers were set to take on the first half winners, Memphis Red Sox, for the league championship. Scheduling problems and controversies caused the series to be cancelled before it was completed with each team declaring themselves champions.
The 1938 team top players were Nat Peeples, Roy Welmaker and James "Red" Moore. Othello Nelson "Chico" Renfroe started here as a batboy before going on to fame with the Kansas City Monarchs , Cleveland Buckeyes and Indy Clowns.

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